Overview of the Financial Aid Programs

NU - Online Course IconStart Date: July 9, 2018
Duration: 3 weeks
Cost: $199 per registrant (members and non-members)



Back by popular demand in an accelerated format, this course introduces learners to basic financial aid concepts, categories and types of financial aid, the Title IV aid programs, and other federal sources of student assistance. Live instruction, discussion topics, and assessments will help participants understand how basic financial aid concepts interact and the importance of the various aid programs to their institutions. The Overview course is not only an effective training tool for new financial aid staff, it also offers your institution's non-financial aid staff a basic understanding of financial aid programs and requirements. NASFAA does not offer a credential for Overview of the Financial Aid Programs; however, this course provides an excellent foundation for advancement to additional courses that lead to a credential.

As a participant of this course you will be asked to:

  • Review educational video lessons
  • Complete learning assessments
  • Participate in online discussions
  • Collaborate with other financial aid administrators

Course Outline

Lesson 1

  • Academic Year
  • Cost of Attendance
  • Expected Family Contribution
  • Financial Need
  • Enrollment Status
  • Need-Based vs. Non Need-Based Aid

Lesson 2

  • Title IV Grant Programs
  • Perkins Loans
  • Direct Loans
  • Borrower Eligibility
  • Annual/Aggregate Limits
  • Federal Work-Study Program

Lesson 3

  • State Aid
  • AmeriCorps
  • Assistance for Veterans
  • Student Assistance for Health Professionals

Course Instructor

Tiffany GibbsTiffany Gibbs is the Compliance Products Manager at the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA). Some of her responsibilities include managing the Student Aid Index project team, researching regulatory questions, developing and updating training materials for NASFAA members, and facilitating courses for NASFAA U. One area of professional interest includes satisfactory academic progress. Before joining NASFAA in 2011, Tiffany was an Assistant Director in the financial aid office at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her experience with the UMBC financial aid office was broad, including counseling, file processing, ISIR importing, award packaging, COD reporting and professional judgment. In addition, she was the functional lead for the office's transition to document imaging and developed training materials and trained staff on the transition.

NASFAA U Course Policies


NASFAA U online courses provide live instruction combined with weekly reading assignments, learning videos, discussion forums, and learning assessments. Lessons open on a weekly basis. Weekly due dates for assessments are included in the course syllabus and all assessments are due by the course-end date. The live "Get-Together" classes last approximately one hour and are recorded for on-demand viewing by the course attendee. While attendance is optional, we do encourage attending due to the highly collaborative nature of the courses. Please see the following Get-Together schedule for this course (subject to change at the discretion of the course instructors):

  • 07/09/18 - 2:00 pm ET - Intro Session and Lesson 1 Instruction
  • 07/16/18 - 2:00 pm ET - Lesson 1 Review and Lesson 2 Instruction
  • 07/23/18 - 2:00 pm ET - Lesson 2 Review and Lesson 3 Instruction
  • 07/30/18 - 2:00 pm ET - Lesson 3 Review


If you require any special accommodations for this course, please contact us at nasfaa-u@nasfaa.org. Accommodations must be requested two weeks prior to the course. 


By submitting your registration, you agree to the following cancellation schedule:

  • $25 cancellation fee before July 5, 2018
  • $50 cancellation fee July 5 - July 8, 2018

If you do not cancel by 6:00 am ET July 9, 2018, you will be responsible for the full amount of the registration fee. Medical emergencies will be re-scheduled to another available course with a doctor’s note.

Requests to cancel must be sent to nasfaa-u@nasfaa.org.

Additional Questions

For additional questions, please review the helpful guide of Online Course Frequently Asked Questions.

Publication Date: 7/9/2018

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